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Deutsche Bahn Orders Additional Double-Deck Intercity Trains

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced yesterday that it has received a call-off from Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) to provide 25 double-deck intercity trains.

The trainsets consist of 25 BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives and 124 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario double-deck intercity cars. This order is based upon two framework agreements signed with DB in 2008 and 2013. Delivery of the 25 trainsets is scheduled to start in 2019.

Double-Deck Intercity Trains
Bombardier to Provide 25 Additional TWINDEXX Vario Double-deck Intercity Trainsets to Deutsche Bahn © Bombarider Transportation

Birgit Bohle, Chair of the Management Board of DB Long Distance, said:

“The signing of the contract for 25 new Intercity 2 trains is an important milestone in our long-distance transport campaign, which will expand our service by 25 percent by 2030. With the new vehicles, we offer our customers a particularly comfortable and reliable travel in long-distance traffic”

Michael Fohrer, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Germany, added:

“This order is a great achievement for our rail business and it also signifies the continuation of our successful long-term cooperation with Deutsche Bahn”

“We are pleased that DB relies on our modern and proven double-deck trainsets to further expand its mobility services in different regions. Thanks to the single-car platform concept, these new TWINDEXX Vario cars are fully compatible with previous models, which provides maximum flexibility in operation.”

Double-Deck Intercity Trains

Passengers will benefit from greater comfort through ergonomic seats and adjustable headrests, larger luggage spaces and stronger signals for mobile phones. Equipped with the European Train Control System, ETCS BL3 – Level 2, the trainsets will be homologated for cross border traffic in Germany and Switzerland. An extended maintenance data transmission system will support in optimising service inspections. Each five-car trainset will be pulled by a third-generation TRAXX AC3 locomotive fitted with sophisticated concepts to maximise energy savings in operation.

To date, the first batch of 27 five-car, long-distance, loco-hauled trainsets is already in successful operation on several routes in Germany. Additional 17 trainsets will be delivered in summer 2018. In total, more than 2,500 TWINDEXX Vario cars and close to 900 TRAXX locomotives are operated by DB.

Bombardier Transportation’s Presence in Germany

Bombardier Transportation is a major contributor to mobility in Germany, represented with the corporation’s headquarters in Berlin, seven sites and numerous service support centres throughout the country. In Germany, the company develops and produces trams, metros, regional and long-distance trains, locomotives, bogies, signalling and drive technology for trains and e-buses. Since 2001 more than 6,500 vehicles have been delivered in Germany. Bombardier also provides comprehensive services to customer fleets for the duration of their life cycles. With a total German supplier volume of 1.3 billion euro per year, Bombardier is strongly committed to the German supply industry.

Original article © Bombardier Transportation.

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